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Miners’ Compensation

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average fee claimed by solicitors for dealing with a miner’s compensation claim for (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger has been since the scheme was introduced. (110626)

The average solicitors costs paid on claims settled by payment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and for vibration white finger (VWF) as at 14 January 2007 is shown as follows:

£

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

2,214

Vibration white finger

783

The figure for VWF excludes costs for services claims, as costs for these claims have yet to be agreed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much solicitors have claimed in fees to date for dealing with claims from former miners for (a) chronic bronchitis and emphysema and (b) vibration white finger. (110666)

The total solicitors costs paid on all claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and vibration white finger (VWF) as at 14 January 2007 is shown as follows:

£ million

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

816.4

Vibration white finger

95.4